providing no shelter or sustenance
I could see him out by the now-
barren field, trying to catch the snowflakes.
a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
As she fastened the
clasp in the back, she whispered, "You’re a very special girl, Lucia Alvarez."
anything owned or possessed
She said that Frankie and I were her most prized
possessions, and knowing that we were safe was the only way she could survive being apart from me on my fifteenth birthday.
the effect of one thing (or person) on another
I’m figuring that my parents threw the letters away because they think you might be a bad
influence on me.
flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
The Baxter house sparkled with multicolored lights and evergreen
garlands draped with icicles.
to push against gently
"We can help you, Mrs. Baxter,” I said,
prodding Frankie to stand up.
"We can’t be as
extravagant as Santa.”
be shiny, as if wet
Her purple coat
glistened with melted snowflakes.
used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement
"Comrade" is a popular term used among fellow communists. While the idea of being engaged in the same movement is stressed here, there is also a sense of guilt suggested in the phrase "your true friends" and the alternative definition: "a friend who is frequently in the company of another."
We here in Cuba are your true friends. Your
comrades. I hope you come home soon before it’s too late.
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
braced myself in case the news was really bad.
hold gently and carefully
"Guess so,” I answered,
cradling the receiver between my ear and shoulder.
In it he had described how happy he was to finally be leaving the hospital after
undergoing his third and, hopefully, final surgery, but he also mentioned how it pained him to go back home.
pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
seeped through his words and made its way straight into my heart.
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
sauntered around me like a cat ready to pounce.
the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding
Compare the bird migration with the great movement the exiles needed to accomplish to leave their country and settle in a new one.
The warming temperatures brought new life to Grand Island as everyone geared up for the large bird
characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading
Embarrassed, I sat up straight in the wooden chair and tried to look
She normally saw me in the library by myself,
scouring the newspapers for stories on what was happening in Cuba.
a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
Have you completely sold yourself to the
materialism of the American society?
forsake, leave behind
If you decide to stay where you are, then you are no better than all the other gudanod who’ve
abandoned their homeland.
without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
Not because they were true, but because they were such
a favorite saying of a sect or political group
It was like a mother’s unwritten
to an indefinite extent; for an indefinite time
"I was told I have seven days to leave the country or I have to stay
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
First, Mrs. Baxter
persuaded her friend Gladys to let Mama and us stay in the guest cottage behind her house.
In a moment she had dropped her purse and lifted Frankie off the ground,
smothering him with kisses.
It was Papa, looking older and more